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Text for Page 143 [07-24-1851]

              The Columbus, an old 74 gun ship, now used as a �recieveing� vessel, for aspirant
mariners, middies &c. (The young fellows in the boat were of the latter class.) Went
over to the three docks, Dunciere explaining everything, with any amount of sailor
execration as garnish to the subject, the guns, the ropes, the holy-storied decks, (the
men at dinner �tween decks, sitting beside the carmen would have made a good painting)
till it hung past noon we left & to dinner, or the meal thus amusingly denominated
at Washington St.      Afternoon to the little dock by Atlantic Street, (calling at another
boarding house by the way.)  A heavy storm of rain & lightning was threatening but
got rowed across to the Island in time to �scape it.  There with Barth all
the rest of the day, talk anatomical, and physiological, for the most part, till
far into the night.
  25. Friday.  Completing sketch of the Church of Saint Cornelius the Centurion.
Left; crossing after an hour or so following dinner, and to Brooklyn again.
Supped, and then to New York. Call at the boarding-house in Leonard Street I
applied to, directed by Mrs Kidder, some time back, then to Franklin Street.
At the third ring of the bell, came Miss Margaret Brown to the door, she having
been aroused from sleep by it. Mrs K & her daughter were not within, if indeed
as it proved they were at Leonard Street;) so there had I the undisturbed
company of the fair, stately Miss Brown, for an hour or so.  Improved the time
[word crossed out] Talk, at first, (and indeed an under current of it ran throughout our 
con-
verse all the evening,)  incidentally complimental on my part & antagonistic on
hers.  Imprimis she claimed an aptitude for slumber, I glanced at the story of the
Sleeping Beauty, & [unclear word] wilful intent of parodying the part of the prince in
the fairy tale, by means of a tintillating-door-bell.  She reproved the �Beauty�
of the intimation, putting the remark to the score of [unclear world] gallantry, usual
towards women.  This gave me a [word crossed out] opportunity of discursive defence, 
pointing 
out the difference �twat the coarse dozes of it allministered in common (like
Mrs Squeers brimstone & treade), and that which is involuntarily forced from us               
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